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White-faced heron

Egretta novaehollandiae


The white-faced heron is a medium-sized heron with primarily blue-grey plumage, and white on the face and the front of its neck. The legs are long and a dull yellow. Sexes are similar. When breeding, the birds have long feathers on the head, neck and back. White-faced herons generally feed solitarily (this one was by itself) or independently in small groups


The side of a pond at the Mt Coot-tha Botanical Gardens, established on subtropical woodlands. Home to quite a few native water birds including ducks cormorants and herons.


The White-faced heron is found throughout Australia, New Guinea, New Caledonia and New Zealand.

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DanielePralong 10 years ago

Thanks Nayeli!

Nayeli 10 years ago

Pretty nice!

DanielePralong 10 years ago

Elegant indeed Sukanya! Thanks for your comment!

SukanyaDatta 10 years ago

Such an elegant bird...we have an all-white version in India.

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Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Spotted on Apr 6, 2014
Submitted on Apr 27, 2014

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